How I made a tool to create cover images for my blogs quickly
Do you write blogs? Have you ever struggled to create cover images for your blogs? Well, I did. So I have made a tool that will help you create awesome cover images for your blogs quickly.
🗃 The problem
I started blogging a few months back. It's one of the best decisions I have ever made. But every time I wanted to write a post, I had to create and edit a cover image for it. I mean I love creating creative cover images but sometimes I feel I just spend too much time designing it.
And then I saw these comments on my posts.
I use canva. It's a nice tool. But I thought I need something minimal so that creating those cover images won't be any hassle. Coincidently I just started learning react. I knew some basics and I thought why not implement my knowledge of react and make something out of it. Also, it might help someone else too. And that's how I came up with the idea of this project.
🛠 The process
I started working on this as a fun project. I had an exact visualization of what I wanted to create.
So I first created a design of a cover image that can be used as the template user can edit. I asked my self what things I would like to add or what can I do to make the cover image more appealing. And I started playing with it. It was fun. After spending a lot of time, solving problems and finding solutions, this is what I came up with the first build.
📦 The final outcome
I shared it on Twitter and Linkedin and I got a really good response from the developer community. I always wanted to contribute to open source. There are multiple ways to contribute and one of which is creating open-source projects. I open-sourced it. This is my first open-source project with react.
And within a few hours, I got my first pull request. Asish Raju made his first open-source contribution by contributing to my project. He added a few more customizable options and refactored the code.
For the first time, I was on the other side of a project. I learned how to manage pull requests, review code, and merged his pull request. Open Source Guides is a great resource to learn.
Then I improved it little by little and added some more features. Here are a few noteworthy features of CoverView.
- 🛠 Create awesome cover images for your blogs quickly and easily
- 🌈 Choose different colors for background, foreground, border, and text
- ✨ Choose from 15+ different background patterns
- 👨💻 Add dev icons and author name for personal branding
- Update : I saw a lot of people using it but they weren't using nice colors. So I handpicked some appealing color palettes which go well together and now you can choose random color themes on just one click.
- 💾 Download cover images in
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I just had a lot of fun making this. You might not be able to create a lot more creative images But having a nice cover is always better than having some random image or no cover image at all.
So check out CoverView
The important lesson I learned while building this is that you don't need to learn a language or framework completely to start making projects. You can start applying while learning it. I feel this way we can learn from our mistakes and understand the importance of one concept over others.
⚡ Happy learning!
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This is an amazing tool bro and solved my problem regarding cover image creation. Many times I didn't share an article due to not having much time to spent on canvas for creating a cover image. But this tool going to help us and I loved the minimal design that you used for the background.
Wow!! I was about to complete my first blog and publish. I have worked for 1.5hrs on creating a cover image. Boom!! then I found this and now I have a cover image in less than 1 minute. This is amazing.😍
Rutik Wankhade Timing for this could not be better (for me) I've been experimenting with Canva, but your tool just takes couple of minutes and is extremely cool.
One Feature request : Will you consider feature to use own background image ? (It is cool even if you don't. Tool is already helpful)
Hi Rutik, this is a nice tool and I will definitely start using it.
I usually use Canva, but your tool seems easier and less clumsy to use. Thanks for building this.
This is so cool and inspiring! I love the fact that you created this project out of a need that you had and have made it open source to share with the community. I will definitely be checking this out and great article! 👏
Am back again, I have forked (cloned it) from your github, and I intend to edit it and launch it and on my sub domain, I wish to place adsense ads so that I can earn some revenue. I just want to know if this is okay with you or maybe there are things i need to know or do. Your quick reply wil be appreciated.